New Kingdom, XIX Dynasty/Ramesside period (ca. 1250-1100BCE) - Egypt
|Material:||Bronze and Wood|
|Object:||Figure of the god Thoth as an Ibis Bird|
|Century/ Timeframe:||New Kingdom, XIX Dynasty/Ramesside period (ca. 1250-1100BCE)|
|Condition:||Good Condition, See Photo|
Large bronze and wood statue of the god Thoth as an ibis perching on a wooden base. The body carved in wood covered in gesso. The head, neck and feet made of bronze.
without base: 21 cm L x 13 cm H x 7.5 cm W
Base alone: 23 cm L, 3.5 cm L x 10.5 cm W
Provenance: Believed to have been found in Tuna el Gabal located in Upper Egypt, Minya, this piece was originally sold in 1972 in Cairo, Egypt by antiquity merchant, Mohamed Mohamed Abdel-Rahim El-Shaher to American buyers. Ex. private collection, Minnesota, USA. ; Ex The Charles E. Snyder, Jr. Collection (1931-2015), Minnesota, USA; Ex Dr. H. Ruf Collection, Florida, USA.
Thoth was worshiped in Egypt from the early dynastic period and until Roman times. He was the patron of the scribes and was venerated as the god of the moon, wisdom, science, and medicine. He had also a significant role in the afterlife.
Thoth takes two iconographic forms; he was sometimes depicted as a squatting dog-headed baboon and sometimes as an ibis or ibis-headed human, often carrying the palette and the pen of the scribe. His hair-dresses include the crescent moon and disk, the Atef crown, and the crowns of Upper and lower Egypt.
“Thoth”. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, edited by Donald B. Redford. Vol. III. New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Armour, Robert A. Gods and Myths of Ancient Egypt. Cairo: The American University in Cairo, New York, 2001.
Wilkinson, Richard, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2003.
Budge, E.A. The Gods of the Egyptians. Vol. I. New York: Dover, 1969.
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